Hanneke Treffers (1981) was born in the Netherlands. She studied photographic design at the Academy of Arts and Design St. Joost in the Netherlands. Along the way, she developed her skills and since 2002 she works under the name HANDIEDAN as a Amsterdam based self-employed artist, (web)designer, illustrator, flash animator and photographer.
Working as an artists HANDIEDAN creates mixed media pin-up artworks, black-and-white photo montages, drawings on clothing and fine line drawings on old sheet music.
It is a cut and paste mixture of patiently composed collages on paper and photo montages all washed together with the computer in an aesthetically pleasant and intuitive playful way. HANDIEDAN uses classic pin-ups and other elements like old sheet music, Chinese papers and stamps, old money, elegant curls, old wood, rusty metal and other old stuff she gathers on the street, flea markets or finds in old boxes on the attic. To combine the old images with her hand-dawn little girly doodles and scratches she distorts the carefully placed elements and makes the design lively, like in nature and the beauty and the discarder, objects and people, structure and balance, and happenings by purpose.
She has a great website which shows all her old work here
What really struck me though is the new work at Phone Booth Gallery (images of which are scattered through this post). I love the pin up girls mixed with old collage ephemera and the victorian calligraphy. The show closed December 31st, 2008, but the works can still be seen and bought online here